Fireballs at RStGYC Regatta

Post date: Jul 07, 2014 3:34:56 PM

IRL 15007: Louis Smyth and Cormac Bradley did it again - won the Fireball race at the George regatta on Dublin Bay yesterday in the trickiest of tricky wind conditions. With a course set at far-away Poolbeg at least one boat arrived barely in time for the start. Forecast was Westerly going South-Westerly but on quite a warm day the danger of thermal sea-breezes reversing or cancelling out the prevailing wind was a very live prospect. Race one started relatively well, that is to say in the solid breeze of a minor squall but when that died off it was very soft indeed with crouching crews peering around for a hope of better breeze. Throughout that race and race two this was the theme of the day. Finding the next temporary wind first made each boat a hero for a few minutes before the next shift or hole left them for dead as last moved to first. It is safe to say that each of the five fireballs racing held the lead at least once. In the case of Neil Colin and Margaret Casey they held the lead three times in race one and only lost it finally to Louis right on the finish line as their wind died and Louis' filled in from heaven. Frank Miller and Ed Hyland ghosted past Louise McKenna and Hermine O'Keeffe to take third. Race two saw similar antics with the wind dying filling and reversing, switching from beat to run to beat with a sudden stop when a reasonable wind switched off completely. The final beat to the finish was actually a broad reach and again Louis/Cormac snatched victory, this time from Frank and Ed who had a problem hoist and also managed to get too close to the deadening sails of a stray Mermaid. Third in that race were Mary Chambers with Brenda Maguire. Frank and Ed's efforts were enough to get them second overall. Neil and Margaret were third. The days adventures were dissected later at the George and later again over a very pleasant meal at The Pub/FXB restaurant in Monkstown. Fogra: The next Fireball event is in Wexford in two weekends time July 19th & 20th. A new venue for us in the sunny South-East with free camping beside the club, we're expecting a great turnout at this easily accessible event..